Whole Foods Market® Kansas City Metro Community Giving Day to benefit Episcopal Community Services, November 16th

Kansas City (November 14, 2016) – On November 16, 2016, all Kansas City area Whole Foods Market locations will help get you ready for Thanksgiving while helping feed people in need through the Kansas City Community Kitchen.

Whole Foods Market created Community Giving Days, also known as 5% Days, where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. Four times a year, Whole Foods Market stores select an organization, whose programs directly benefit the communities surrounding their stores to receive this donation.

Our partnership with Episcopal Community Services (ECS) will be a community call-to-action to shop in your local Whole Foods Market in support of the mission of this wonderful organization. Representatives from ECS will be in the Olathe store from 4-7 p.m. to share about their work to offer food with dignity, choice, and healthy options.

In addition to the community-wide give back, the Olathe location’s Lone Elm Taproom will host the next in a series of “Dignity on Draft” events from 5-7 p.m. 10% of all tap room sales, including draft beers, cider, wine and food from the pub menu, will benefit the programs of ECS.

The funds raised through the Community Giving Day will be used to support Kansas City Community Kitchen, their largest outreach program, serving a free lunch every weekday using volunteers as the dining room staff (hosts, waiters, etc.) to offer guests a restaurant-like experience. Funds will also support their Culinary Cornerstones training program, developing job skills for chronically unemployed persons to find living wage work in a commercial kitchen.

“As we move into this season of giving and gratitude, we want to thank Whole Foods Market and its shoppers for helping to support our work of ‘feeding the hungry & changing lives’,” said Beau Heyen, President/CEO for ECS. “We believe that food is a basic human right – that everyone should get good food that nourishes their body as well as filling their stomach. Whole Foods is known for providing quality food, so this partnership has been a natural fit. We love that this is happening the week before Thanksgiving – we all need to get groceries and maybe grab a drink after work as we breathe and get ready for the holiday fun ahead.” ### Episcopal Community Services is a nonprofit dedicated to fighting hunger in the Greater Kansas City area, both in providing healthy food and in empowering the poor to move beyond the barriers of poverty with dignity. In business for more than 25 years, ECS operates several food programs including the Kansas City Community Kitchen at 8th/Paseo, a network of emergency food pantries and church meal programs, food rescue and the Culinary Cornerstones Training Program. Our aim is to feed anyone in need and change lives in the process by working with partner agencies and giving our volunteers opportunities to build community. Learn more at http://episcopalcommunity.org

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